Feel good story of the day.
Via Long War Journal:
The Israeli Defense Forces killed three al Qaeda-linked terrorists during two airstrikes in the Gaza strip over the past 24 hours.
Today, the IDF killed Rami Daoud Jabar Khafarna and Hazam Mahmad Sa’adi Al Shakr, both described as “Global Jihad-affiliated” terrorists, during an airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a press release on its website. The IDF uses the term “Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist” to describe members of Salafist groups linked to al Qaeda’s network in the region.
Both Khafarna and Shakr were previously members of Hamas prior to joining the unnamed Salafist group. Khararna “is known to have taken part in firing rockets at Israel,” while Shakr “has planted and detonated explosive devices against IDF soldiers, along the border with the Gaza Strip.”.”
Today’s airstrike followed another yesterday that killed Abdallah Telbani in Gaza city. Telbani was also described as a “Global Jihad-affiliated terrorist,” and was involved in a plot to attack Israel from the Egyptian Sinai as well as rocket and IED attacks along the Israeli-Gaza border, according to Reuters.
Four main Salafist groups who have expressed their support for al Qaeda are known to operate in the Gaza strike. Those groups are the Jaish al Islam, Jund Ansar Allah, Jaish al Ummah, and Jaish al Mu’minun. These groups have clashed with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated terror group that rules Gaza and is supported by Iran and Syria.